‘His Dark Materials’: Creating an Alternative World.

The evening darkness drops down like a cloak earlier and earlier as Autumn rolls in.  And this is certainly the time to stay by the fire and be entertained by stories on the page or screen.   Wrap up warm, settle down and let yourself be taken away with tales of other worlds, of talking creatures,…

History and Art: the Perfection of the Imperfect.

History has always played an important part in my artwork – from learning traditional sign-writing to researching historic costumes for children’s books to working in an antique print gallery in Dorking when I was 18 that truly started my fascination with maps. As part of The ‘Walking Through Time’ project (for Mead Gallery at Warwick Art…

Hope Rock – an imagined island of ‘Archipelago’

2019 is the 300th anniversary of the first publication of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, a tale of a shipwreck, a desert island and a man fighting to survive a strange environment with the help of a local islander, Friday. In celebration of the anniversary, a new book has been published. ‘Archipelago; an Atlas of…

Walking Through Time

I mentioned in my last post, that the map of the University of Warwick campus for the Mead Gallery’s ‘Follow that Hare’ project, an arts and nature trail created in 2018, had been re-released as a second edition with additional and newly acquired sculptures. Well, this week another project has been launched for the Gallery,…

Walking with Dickens – a map of the Thames.

The mist hangs above the dark water in layers of yellow and grey and all you can hear are the muffled bells of a 10 o’clock Sunday and the rhythmic splash of dipping oars.  This is the world of Dickens’ Thames – a world of prison ships and opium dens, of ferrymen and thieves, damp…

Travel inspires creativity -how Japan influenced my work.

It’s been a busy few months, peering solemnly out at the summer rain and working hard on projects I can’t yet talk about. There are new maps and storybooks and TV props all waiting to be revealed later in the year…In the meantime, the dim weather and hard work has got me thinking of travelling,…

Seckford Hall Hotel – editing stories on a map.

Seckford Hall is a beautiful Tudor mansion set in incredible countryside near Woodbridge in Suffolk.  It’s now a large country hotel with restaurant, pool and spa; my clients asked me to create a map of the hotel, grounds and surrounding area for the guests.  As usual, I researched the area online before I started and,…

Growing Wild FM – talking on the radio about maps.

If you live in Brighton, you’ll know that appearing on Radio Reverb is a total rite of passage and my own time came a few weeks ago when I was interviewed about maps by Charlotte Petts for her award winning show Growing Wild FM. It was a slightly nerve-wracking experience, especially as I’d just come back…